Revealing the Mwamba RFC OMG ICONIX™ match jersey for 2017

Samurai Sportswear is delighted to announce the extension of their partnership with Mwamba Rugby Football Club in Kenya, as their official kit supplier. Having signed a two-year deal with the club, the Norfolk-based custom teamwear company will provide Mwamba RFC with top quality match and off-field kit.

The first team will benefit from wearing Samurai’s one and only OMG ICONIX™ test jersey, in the traditional rich black colour of Mwamba RFC, which will accompany a full range of leisurewear and other match kit all made from Samurai’s exclusive range of PerformeX™ fabrics. The kit will also feature the logos of Mwamba RFC’s main sponsors Stanbic Bank, Modern Coast and Hallmark Kenya.

Samurai Sportswear director Terry Sands said, “We are delighted to support Mwamba Rugby, a top-quality side in Kenya. We are pleased to have them as part of the #SamuraiFamily and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the club and its supporters”.

Mwamba RFC president Alvas Onguru said, “We are delighted to work with Samurai Sportswear once again as they have shown and demonstrated their commitment to producing and supplying quality merchandise. We are also proud to be a part of the #SamuraiFamily, one of the few Kenyan clubs to be part of this global family. We are excited to soon be unveiling a range of replica jerseys, polos and tracksuits for our fans to purchase”.

The first team are expected to debut their kit during the Enterprise Cup matches in May.

Unveiling the New Home and Away 2017 Tribal Match Shirts for Kenya Rugby Union in Association with SportPesa

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to reveal the latest unique designs of their new match shirt for Kenya Rugby Union in association with Sport Pesa, after a partnership lasting almost half a decade.

The in-house design team at Samurai Sportswear has worked over several months in conjunction with a specialist external creative artist to ensure that Kenyan culture, traditions and heritage are fully represented in the Kenya Rugby Union shirts for 2017. The inspiration for both the home and away shirts came from African tribal body painting, along with the colours of the country’s flag, proudly adhering to the roots of the Kenyan people. The colours that are featured on the shirt are all said to have different meanings. Black is to represent the people of the Republic of Kenya, whilst red is for the blood shed during the fight for independence. Green is for the country’s landscape and natural wealth and white is used to symbolise peace and honesty.

A pattern of dots has been placed on the left sleeve of the shirt, along with the traditional Maasai shield, to create an image of the Kenyan flag. The Maasai shield, with the spears, is said to represent the defence of the country’s freedom. The African lion taken from the KRU logo, placed across the body of both shirts, is representative of the courage of the Kenyan people, as well as highlighting the country’s proud association with the animal. The legend behind and the inspiration for these fully sublimated shirts will no doubt encourage any player who wears them, to perform to the best of their abilities.

Samurai have worked with Kenya Rugby Union and other elite teams to engineer innovative match kit that performs in tangent with the athlete. The OMG ICONIX™ test rugby jerseys on-field features including high performance 4DX fabric, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling allow a full range of movement and use Samurai’s exclusive wicking and breathable PerformeX™ fabrics. These jerseys not only look and feel good, they also enable a player to unleash their full potential, which contributes to the team’s success.

By continuing to work with Samurai Sportswear, a company which prides itself on manufacturing industry leading custom teamwear, Kenya Rugby Union have shown that they have every ambition to progress and succeed. Kenya Rugby Union’s core values of integrity, passion, teamwork, discipline and excellence are ethics also held by everyone at Samurai Sportswear, making theirs the perfect partnership.

SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said he was elated with the strides the teams have been able to achieve this far. “It is a demonstration that when true talent is supported and motivated, the end result is outstanding.” he said.

“The company remains committed to supporting sustainable sports development in the country, and to this end, we will continue to leverage on our relationship with our partners to ensure that local players, local coaches and administrators benefit.” He added.

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Jamaica RFU

Jamaica Heads to Hong Kong Against All Odds

Samurai Sportswear are delighted to announce their design for Jamaica Rugby Football Union’s OMG ICONIX™ test jersey, to be debuted on the world stage at Hong Kong 7s.

The main inspiration for the design of this shirt is the proud, patriotic nature of the Jamaican people. The colours used on the shirt, depicting those on the Jamaican flag are all said to have different meanings. Black portrays the strength and creativity of the people, gold represents the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight and green highlights the hope and agricultural resources of the country. It signifies the birth of the nation and brings to mind memories of past achievements and gives inspiration towards further success. Because of the connotations behind the Jamaican flag, it was the ideal muse for this shirt and those wearing it are certain to be motivated to succeed. These colours will also be highlighted throughout an away shirt and leisurewear range created by Samurai’s in house design team.

Having qualified for the World Sevens for the first time, Jamaica are certain to stand out in their OMG ICONIX™ test jerseys and the shirt’s on-field features are guaranteed to help Jamaica RFU to reach their potential. The jersey is engineered with high performance 4D fabric, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling to allow a full range of movement, whilst Samurai’s exclusive PerformeX™ fabrics make it wicking and breathable.

Jamaica Men’s Sevens Coach Marcel Garvey has said ‘I am extremely happy and excited that Samurai will be the kit suppliers to all sections of Jamaica Rugby Football Union. Having personally known the brand for a long time, it was a no brainer for us to team up with Samurai. Jamaica is a sleeping rugby nation and working with Samurai has given us real hope we will continue to develop. Both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for Hong Kong 7s and we will go there and give it our best shot.’

Samurai Sportswear are thrilled to be working with Jamaica Rugby Football Union, as they hunt for glory on the world stage and look forward to seeing this shirt in action. By working with Samurai Sportswear, an industry leader in the manufacture of custom teamwear which already has associations with a number of national teams, Jamaica RFU have highlighted their ambition to compete with the best.

Mourant Ozannes 2017

Mourant Ozannes Samurai team strides back with an impressive line up for the GFI HKFC 10s

Barbarians-style squad promises to pack a punch at HKFC 10s tournament with backing of Mourant Ozannes.

Samurai International RFC has announced a second successive year of partnership with leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, for the 2017 GFI HKFC 10s tournament taking place on 5 and 6 April 2017.

The Barbarians-style team returns to make its eighth successive appearance at the tournament with an exciting selection of players hungry to challenge the top teams at the 10-a-side opener to the Hong Kong Sevens.

The Mourant Ozannes Samurai’s 10’s selection model is based around International 7s players this year with a mix of nationalities being selected for the new-look line up. The first player announced is South African fullback, Wynand Pienaar, currently with the Griffons and making an incredible and inspiring return to rugby following a cancer diagnosis in 2016. Pienaar is part of a six-nation Mourant Ozannes Samurai squad for the 2017 GFI HKFC 10s tournament.

Samurai is also to continue its affiliation with the US Eagles sevens team with the signing up of 2016 Rio Games rugby Olympian and US 7s player, prop Garrett Bender. Last year the Eagles benefitted from a good look at the return to rugby of Nate Ebner, special teams player for the New England Patriots. Ebner, a Super Bowl winner with the Patriots in 2015, sought a release and was included in Samurai’s 2016 squad playing in all of their games at the HKFC 10s. He was then drafted back in to the US sevens squad for the remainder of the HSBC World Series and eventually competed at last year’s Rio Olympics. Ebner had the best season of his five-year NFL career in 2016, leading the league in special-team tackles and being named second-team NFL All-Pro. Ebner capped off an astonishing year with his second Super Bowl win in February to seal what must become legendary status.

Samurai International has also just announced that British and Lions player, dual-code rugby legend and ex-Samurai 7s player, John Bentley, will be a Samurai Ambassador for 2017, a British and Lions tour year. Bentley has been a Samurai Vice President for several years.

Mourant Ozannes Samurai International RFC founder and manager, Terry Sands, commented: “A second successive year of sponsorship from Mourant Ozannes is fantastic news for us, as it means that we can focus on preparing to give it our best shot.”

“This year we will have a heavy emphasis on selecting a real Barbarians-style team, with no less than six different nationalities, and some class-players from across the world who have a fantastic individual and collective experience gained in the top tournaments. We have a really strong team shaping up with both Premiership and Olympic experience.”

“We’ve got a very high standard of squad coming together and are recruiting players for the HK 10s that together make for a really exciting team. Even though a win at the GFI HKFC 10s has eluded us to date, we are gunning for the trophy in 2017!”

Paul Christopher, Mourant Ozannes Hong Kong Managing Partner, said: “We are thrilled to be on board for a second successive year and hope Samurai International can build on their heroic performance in 2016 where they narrowly missed out on the title when the Penguins clinched a 5-0 victory in extra-time. This year’s line-up is impressive and we wish the squad and management team all the very best of success.”

Renowned as the world’s best annual 10-a-side tournament, the GFI HKFC 10s has long attracted the game’s top players including seven of the New Zealand team who won the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Now in its 32nd year, the 2017 tournament kicks off on Wednesday 5 April ahead of the world-famous Hong Kong Sevens.

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Trust Samurai Sportswear to Deliver your Rugby Tour Kit!

Make sure you are ready for your next rugby tour with Samurai Sportswear’s expansive range of match kit, leisurewear and equipment. We are able to create high quality garments for men’s and women’s clubs, schools, colleges and universities designed to work with athletes, from grass roots to elite level. Our kit is fully customisable to your exact needs. Samurai Sportswear offers a huge range of fits and fabrics, all in your club colours and with the designs of your choice. Our match kit, including shirts, shorts and socks, is made from Samurai’s top quality PerformeX™ fabrics, providing players with functional support and encouraging them to play at their best. Our leisurewear, perfect for training, travelling to and from games or simply relaxing at home, includes comfortable hoodies, tracktops, trackpants, t-shirts and polos. Our collection of equipment will ensure that you are match ready, with everything from mouthguards and bibs, to water bottles and bags.

Selected items of stock leisurewear are also available for decoration with names, initials and numbers, making all elements of your kit completely personal to you and your team.

With the best quality rugby kit from Samurai Sportswear, you are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd, whether you are on tour or back at home. Get in touch via the contact form below and become a valued member of the #SamuraiFamily.